Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Preparing for Juice Feasting!


      Happy Tuesday everyone!  I have been investigating Juice Feasting...a practice of nourishing oneself exclusively with fresh, organic vegetable and fruit juice for anywhere from 1 to 90 days.  The purpose of Juice Feasting is to detoxify and cleanse the body with an abundance of juice...about a gallon a day!  There is no deprivation of calories or "fullness" with this philosophy.  You can check out ALL the details at www.juicefeasting.com

      I was thrilled to learn that I could Juice Feast without a juicer!  I have an old Juiceman Junior, but it is not an efficient machine.  I DO have my trusty Vitamix blender.  I can blend my veggies and fruit, and then strain out the juice using a nut milk bag. 

      So this morning I gave it a whirl (pun intended) :)  As per the instructions on the Juice Feasting website, I first put my celery and a bit of water into the blender.  I blended that, and then added in the rest of my ingredients.  I ended up with a thick, but pourable, veggie and fruit blend.  I poured it into my nut milk bag that I held over a large bowl.  Then I squeezed the bag...and my lovely juice came pouring out :)  It was delicious...just the right degree of healthy sweetness.
      Here's a list of the ingredients I used today...

          *2 large stalks of celery
          *1/2 cup of filtered water
          *1 medium apple, cored and cut into chunks with peel
          *1 medium carrot, cut into small pieces
          *1 small handful of flat leaf parsley
          *2 cups of mixed greens (spring greens and spinach)

      I plan on Juice Feasting within the next month for 3 days, as a Spring detox.  I want my first feast to be a realistic endeavor.  I will keep you posted! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The BEST Bean Burger Ever!

My happy place, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, offers up a killer bean burger!  Lucky for me, they share their secrets :)  You simply place the ingredients in a food processor...pulse away...and form your patties.  Here are before and after photos.....followed by the recipe!

Gather your ingredients:
*1 can of organic black beans, drained well
*3/4 cup of cooked brown rice
*1/2 cup of rolled oats
*1/2 of a sweet red pepper, cut into chunks
*1 tablespoon of chopped chives
*1 tablespoon of dried basil
*1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
*1/2 tablespoon of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Pulse until the ingredients are blended and clump together along the edges of the bowl.
Form the mixture into 4 large patties.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the patties are firm to the touch.
*Do not cook these burgers on a grill, as they will stick.
Enjoy with or without a bun...and top with any of your favorite condiments or additions :)